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Dr. Maria Millan is the President and CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which aims to accelerate stem cell treatments for patients with unmet medical needs. Dr. Millan is a physician-scientist who has devoted her career to treating and developing innovative solutions for children and adults with debilitating and life-threatening conditions, both as a transplant surgeon and in the private sector.

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The Stem Cell Science Round Up

Why Some Skin Is More Sensitive – By imaging neurons in mice, researchers found that sensory neurons in areas of the body that are more sensitive to touch form stronger connections to the brain stem.

Hair Shaft Shrinkage Depletes Stem Cells – Shrinking of the hair shaft causes hair follicle stem cell loss through Piezo1 signaling.

Genetic Regulation of Brain Development – Scientists identified a transcription factor expressed in neural progenitors that influences developmental timing in the early human brain.

The Emergence of Rabbit Primordial Germ Cells – Researchers studied rabbit primordial germ cells during gastrulation, and used iPSCs to generate rabbit primordial germ cell-like cells.

Photo Reference: Courtesy of Dr. Maria Millan